The Clintons are already laying the groundwork for subverting the primary process in order to get around Sen. Clinton's deficit in the delegate race that she cannot make up.
On a conference call with reporters, Clinton aide Harold Ickes noted that pledged delegates aren't formally bound to vote for the candidate they're elected to support.
"That binding rule was knocked out in 1980," he said. Ickes didn't actually suggest that the Clinton campaign would court pledged delegates, something they've disavowed; he just stated the rule. Still, an interesting note.
Here's the deal: if they try to pull this and any delegates actually follow along, they've destroyed the party and given the fall election to John McCain. Diehard loyal Democrats like myself will not accept this brand of thuggery and as a result - no matter our heartfelt desire to see a Democrat in the White House - will tell the party to go take a flying leap off a pier. If she wants to be the nominee, she needs to win the delegates. If she wins the delegates legitimately, then she's the nominee and she will be supported. But if the Clinton campaign becomes an echo of the 2000 Bush campaign she'll join John Kerry, Michael Dukakis and Walter Mondale.
It also looks like we are headed towards a joint ticket. Great. If, as likely, Sen. Obama has the delegate lead - he should be at the top of the ticket. If the backroom shenanigans currently being embraced by the Clinton team tries to push Obama to the back of the bus - even with his delegate lead, the election will once again be ceded to John McCain.
The writing is now on the wall for the Clintons: play by the rules (and this includes throwing out the nonsense idea of seating the tainted Florida and Michigan results) or be responsible for the party losing yet another presidential election.